At 2019 Freedom March, Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivors Say ‘Change is Possible in Christ’ for LGBT People

Pulse nightclub shooting survivors Angel Colon (L) and Luiz Javier Ruiz (R) speak at the Freedom March at the Sylvan Theater in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2019. | Photo: The Christian Post

Two survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting who no longer identify as gay are inviting Christians to repent for how the church has treated LGBT-identified persons in the past.

Before approximately 200 persons at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument for the Freedom March, Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz shared part of their own journeys out of homosexual lives and into the Kingdom of God. They made a point to offer repentance and ask for forgiveness on behalf of the church to LGBT-identified persons, expressing their heart to reach out and believing that a move of the Holy Spirit is at hand.

Taking the stage together in the 80-degree heat, Colon stressed that God has given believers authority to shake the foundation of the nation’s capital and to proclaim to the nation that “change is possible in Christ.”

Even as the shooter was gunning down dozens of people that night in the nightclub in Orlando, Colon tapped into that authority. As bullets flew and bodies started falling all around him, he drew upon the faith he was raised in and began to declare that he was not going to leave the nightclub dead. Colon was shot several times that night and was unable to move.

“As I laid on the ground … I prayed to the Lord. And I started prophetically speaking [over] my life and said ‘Lord, I am not leaving this building dead tonight. You promised me that I had a purpose in life. You promised me that there was a ministry in my future,” Colon said.

“You promised my mom that [the] baby inside of her womb was special and had a purpose in his life. So tonight I am not leaving here dead, Lord. I am leaving here alive. And when I leave here alive I am going to worship you for the rest of my life.”

He elaborated that true deliverance and freedom in Christ means that when temptation to sin comes, as it does, to face it and say: “I don’t want you, I want Jesus.”

Colon met Ruiz the night of the Pulse shooting and had no idea that nearly three years later they would be in ministry together, a ministry called Fearless Identity.

“We have learned what true peace is. We have learned what true happiness is. We have learned what true love is in Jesus Christ, that our identity is not in our sexuality but it is in Jesus,” he said.

A move of God is at hand among those who have been set free from sexual sin, those at the Freedom March stressed.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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